So lasst mich scheinen
Let me play the part till it comes true

Lieder der Mignon Songs for Mignon

Goethe

Let me play the part till it comes true;
Donít take off this nice white dress!
Iím leaving this sweet world and you
For that haven Free from all distress.

There I shall rest in peace a while
Till new horizons greet my eyes.
Then I will shed this dear disguise,
The belt and chaplet that beguile.

For those celestial beings there
Are not of any sex aware;
No clothes or flowing robes adorn
The spiritual, transfigured form.

Yes, my lifeís been free from toil and worry,
But Iíve known my share of pain.
Torment aged me all too early Ė
Restore eternal youth again!